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Modern Subjectivities and Religions in a Post-Westphalian World Society: Reconstructing the Universal Through Lived Particularities

  • Peter BeyerEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter offers a theoretical interpretation of how individualized subjectivities in today’s modern and global society operate as a key normative feature of that world society, and specifically how the individualized way that these subjectivities enact themselves is instrumental for the construction, reproduction, and transformation of the small-scale (micro), mid-range (meso) and large-scale (macro) social systems of that society. The core argument is as follows: modern subjectivities in world society are constructed personal narratives that root the reproduction of social structures in the performance of what the communication or social action of that society understands to be individual centers of identification. These subjectivities are conceived as both distinct from the larger structures (micro and meso, and not just macro), while also constituting necessary bases of those structures.

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  1. 1.University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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